Jimena Rico-Straffon

Department of Economics
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

Jimena Rico-Straffon is a Ph.D. student in Economics at UC Santa Barbara. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Her professional experience includes conducting research on inequality, deforestation, monetary policy, and environmental policy at Mexico's central bank, the World Wildlife Fund US, and Mexico's National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. Her research interests include natural resource economics, development, gender and racial inequality, and intergenerational social mobility. Her current research focuses on forest policy, as well as on the role of skin color on teenagers’ aspirations and investments in education.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

Deacon Fellowship, UCSB Economics Department

UC MEXUS- CONACYT Doctoral Fellowship (2019-2024)

UC Berkeley and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Diversity Fellowship for participating in the Berkeley/Sloan Summer School in Energy and Environmental Economics, $1,000

CAF Development Bank of Latin America, Research Grant on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, co-PI, $6,000

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, UCSB Economics (2023) 


Rico-Straffon, J., Wang, Z., Panlasigui, S., Loucks, C. J., Swenson, J., & Pfaff, A. 2023.
"Forest concessions and eco-certifications in the Peruvian Amazon: Deforestation impacts of logging rights and logging restrictions"
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 118, 102780.  
Panlasigui, S., Rico-Straffon, J., Pfaff, A., Swenson, J., & Loucks, C. 2018
"Impacts of certification, uncertified concessions, and protected areas on forest loss in Cameroon, 2000 to 2013."
Biological conservation, 227, 160-166.